We all know what a great job I do of sticking to plans so you might be asking . . why does she even do it? I love planning and despite what normal folks might think, it doesn’t bother me at all when I have elaborate, well conceived plans and they only last for a day or two. What I’m trying to say is this: Do NOT remind me that I was not going to buy yarn in 2015! 🙂
Here’s what I’m thinking about for 2016:
- No fabric purchases – I think I’ve mastered that one but I’m keeping it on the list.
- Only purchase yarn for specific purposes – I don’t think I’m going to do Camp Loopy this year. It’s too hard on my hands trying to knit so much for three months straight. I will plan to do Loopy Academy so long as the yardage requirements don’t go up too high. I’m pretty sure I’m not doing the ESK Yarnathon next year. I had great fun but there were too projects I knitted that I really had no interest in knitting but did it in order to do all the projects. I have no idea what they’re doing in 2016 so I could change my mind. I would love to use up a good chunk of the yarn I have so I can empty out some tubs in the sewing room.
- Grocery budget – I keep quoting Dave Ramsey . . “beans and rice; rice and beans!” There are three main reasons for wanting to do this. First, we have three freezers full and lots and lots of canned food – either food we’ve bought or food I’ve grown and canned. Second, there are a couple of things we *really* want to do before Vince retires and we want to use “found” money . . not take money out of savings and continue to put money in savings so any “found” money has to come from us cutting back on what we’re spending now. We spend way too much on groceries so I think if I’m careful, we can save about $500/month on groceries. Third, using what we have will empty out the “old”, make room for new food stock or just having less will make it easier to move if that’s what we decide to do when Vince retires.
My plan is to spend $100 per month on groceries! Can I do it? I don’t know! There’s a slim chance we can spend $25/week on groceries but I can try and if I find I need to spend $200 per month, I can do it and still be saving quit a bit. Could you do it if you had 3 freezers full and lots of canned goods? A whole lot will depend on the garden and yes, there are seeds to buy and plants to buy but that cost doesn’t compare to buying groceries. I’ve been thinking about it and I won’t include paper towels, toilet paper, dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent, dog or cat food — only the things that we actually consume.
Anything you’re thinking about doing in 2016?
Guess I need to get out to the garden to replant the lettuce that the grasshoppers ate! 🙂